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Ibiza Coronavirus Update (19) 23-5-2021

With many encouraging changes being announced, this is going to be a long one!

The medical situation on the islands is improving all the time and there are now only 77 active cases on Ibiza and Formentera, with only 10 of those cases requiring hospitalisation. The 14-day cumulative total has fallen to 22 per 100k in Ibiza and 14 per 100k in Formentera – well below the 25 per 100k population that would classify the islands as a ‘green zone’.  It is also significantly lower than the rest of Spain, which currently stands at around 139 cases per 100k.

Most importantly, there have been no fatalities here for over 6 weeks.


Vaccination

As the flow of vaccines continues to increase, more of the local population is being protected against the virus. All island residents over the age of 50 have now been offered a jab, with over 1000 people per day receiving their doses. Around half of those already vaccinated have received both doses.


Rules

Due to the improvement in the outlook, the Govern Balear has made a further reduction in the restrictions on our personal freedoms. From today, Sunday 23 May, the night-time curfew will be reduced to 00:00 until 06:00. Hopefully this measure will disappear completely the next time the government reconsiders the situation.

The key information:

  • Bars and restaurants. Outside: 100% of terrace space can be opened, with a maximum of 4 persons per table (the 2-household rule no longer applies). Maximum capacity of 250 persons. Closed by 23:00. In Formentera up to 8 persons per table. Closed by 23:30
  • Bars and restaurants. Inside: Up to 50% capacity of those establishments which don’t have a terrace, with a maximum of 4 per table. 30% capacity for those that do have a terrace. Maximum capacity of 150 persons. Closed by 18:00
  • All shops are now open 100% of the sales area and can remain open until 22:00
  • Hotels can open their interior communal spaces up to 50% capacity.
  • Social gatherings have increased to 6 persons inside your home (the 2-household rule no longer applies) and 8 people outside. This also includes social gatherings on beaches.
  • Cinemas can open their doors to 50% capacity and can now serve refreshments
  • Funerals, wakes and ceremonies are limited to 50 persons outside and 20 inside.
  • Museums, libraries, exhibitions and cultural centres can open up to 75% capacity.
  • Excursions and outdoor activities: the limits have been raised to 30 participants.
  • Sports events and competitions are able to invite spectators again, with restrictions.

Masks remain compulsory in all public places (except beaches), but this measure may be reviewed by the national government soon.


Travel

The situation is constantly evolving, with new announcements on a virtually daily basis. We will try to produce a simplified version here, but always make sure you check the latest travel advice given by your own country’s Foreign Office before travelling.

At the time of writing, Spain has just opened the doors to travellers from other parts of Spain, the European Union and Schengen zone, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and other countries.

All travellers to the Balearic Islands have to fill out a Health Check Form. Find detailled information about travelling to the Balearic Islands in English here.

Arrivals from inside Spain:

With effect from Monday 24 May, anyone with a vaccination, or those arriving from an autonomous region with a cumulative incidence of less than 60, will not need a diagnostic test. For the rest of the travellers, they have to present the result of a negative PCR or Antigen test at arrival, or do a test on Ibiza and stay in quarantine until the result arrives.

Arrivals from outside Spain (also arrivals in transit via Spanish airports):

Visitors from non-EU countries that are considered to be safe and have freedom of movement can now to enter the Balearic Islands, without any type of sanitary control.

These countries include United Kingdom, United states, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, China and Rwanda.

Travellers from European countries classified as green - less than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days - do not have to meet any requirements to enter Spain. 

Citizens of European countries identified, according to the traffic light of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), with the colours amber, red and dark red, can enter Spain with a negative PCR at origin or, from June 7, with the complete vaccination schedule.

From 7 June

Starting from 7 June, all tourists who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, or who have recovered from the disease, will be able to travel to the Islands without having to present a negative diagnostic test, as long as they have a certificate to prove they have received the complete vaccination programme for the treatments approved by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization.

In the words of the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez "All vaccinated people and their families are welcome regardless of their place of origin.

From 1 July

With effect from 1 July, the EU will implement a Covid Green Certificate scheme to make travelling around the territory much easier for immunised passengers or those with recent PCR or Antigen tests.


The overall situation is very encouraging, and venues are announcing their reopening all the time. We hope that full tourism will resume very soon, and we will continue to keep you updated with all news as we get it.

If you require Coronavirus testing while travelling home from Ibiza, check out our latest article for some very useful information.

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